Up Swing

Up Swing is a compilation album of phonograph records released by bandleaders Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and Artie Shaw in 1944 as a part of the Victor Musical Smart Set series. The set, a progenitor to greatest hits releases, features some of the most popular Dance Band Era recordings by the four bandleaders.

Up Swing
Compilation album by
Various
ReleasedFebruary 17, 1944
Recorded1936–1941
GenreDance band, Swing, Jazz
LabelVictor
Glenn Miller chronology
Up Swing
(1944)
Smoke
Rings

(1944)
Benny Goodman chronology
Up Swing
(1944)
Smoke
Rings

(1944)
Tommy Dorsey chronology
Getting Sentimental with Tommy Dorsey
(1941)
Up Swing
(1944)
Smoke
Rings

(1944)
Artie Shaw chronology
Four Star Favorites
(1941)
Up Swing
(1944)
Smoke
Rings

(1944)

Reception

Released in the middle of the 1942-44 recording ban, the album reached number four on the August 4, 1945 Billboard Best-Selling Popular Record Albums chart[1], which would soon become the standard. A February 1944 issue of Billboard Magazine highlighted Miller's disc specifically: "Re-issue of this swell tune is one of eight sides comprising Victor's new album, "Up Swing." A close race, but this disk wins. Miller fans, new and old, should eat it up."[2] However, Swing Magazine's Bob Kennedy preferred Shaw's disk and declared the album "an absolute must for collectors."[3]

Track listing

These reissued songs were featured on a 4-disc, 78 rpm album set, Victor P-146.

Disc 1: (20-1549)

  1. "Stompin' At The Savoy", recorded January 24, 1936 with Benny Goodman and His Orchestra.[4]
  2. "Don't Be That Way", recorded February 16, 1938 with Benny Goodman and His Orchestra.

Disc 2: (20-1550)

  1. "Song of India", recorded February 5, 1937 with Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra.[4]
  2. "Yes Indeed!", recorded February 17, 1941 with Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra.

Disc 3: (20-1551)

  1. "Begin the Beguine", recorded July 24, 1938 with Artie Shaw and His Orchestra. Arranged by Billy Finegan.
  2. "Oh, Lady Be Good", recorded August 27, 1939 with Artie Shaw and His Orchestra.[4]

Disc 4: (20-1552)

  1. "Tuxedo Junction", recorded February 5, 1940 with Glenn Miller and His Orchestra. Written by Erskine Hawkins, Bill Johnson, Julian Dash and Buddy Feyne. Arranged by Jerry Gray.[4]
  2. "A String of Pearls", recorded November 3, 1941 with Glenn Miller and His Orchestra. Arranged by Jerry Gray.

LP track listing

In 1951, RCA Victor reissued the set on 10" LP as RCA Victor LPT-12.[5]

Side one
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Stompin' At The Savoy"Benny Goodman and His Orchestra3:14
2."Song of India"Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra3:05
3."Begin the Beguine"Artie Shaw and His Orchestra3:13
4."Tuxedo Junction"Glenn Miller and His Orchestra3:26
Side two
No.TitleArtistLength
5."A String of Pearls"Glenn Miller and His Orchestra3:13
6."Oh, Lady Be Good"Artie Shaw and His Orchestra3:07
7."Yes Indeed!"Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra3:29
8."Don't Be That Way"Benny Goodman and His Orchestra3:21

References

  1. "Best Selling Popular Record Albums" (PDF). American Radio History. The Billboard. 4 August 1945. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  2. "Record Possiblities" (PDF). American Radio History. The Billboard. 26 February 1944. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  3. Kennedy, Bob (March 1947). "Swing Session with Bob Kennedy". Swing. Vol. 3 no. 3. WHB Broadcasting Co. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  4. "RCA Victor 78rpm numerical listing discography: 20-1500 - 20-2000". 78discography.com. The Online Discographical Project. 27 July 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  5. "Various – Up Swing". Discogs. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.